We get a lot of requests on the best ways to increase your  MAS 90 or MAS 200 performance.
Here are some suggestions and things you might try.

Workstation configuration

  • For client workstations, make sure to exclude virus scanning pointed at your network MAS 90/200 installation folder. Since these files are in constant change, an anti-virus scanner will attempt to “scan” each file every time this happens, causing significant performance issues. Note: MAS 90/200 supports only corporate editions of anti-virus packages.
  • All modern versions of MS Windows can benefit from more RAM. If you are running less than 1 GB of RAM, consider upgrading to at least 2 GB’s. More is always better, in this case. The overall performance improvement in all Windows applications will be significant.
  • If you are running MAS 200, network performance is critical. Make sure you are running at least 100MB network interface cards (in full duplex mode) and your workstation and cabling can support these speeds (Cat 5 10Base-T cabling is a good choice). If you are running a large installation with 20+ workstations, consider using a managed Ethernet switch to support high throughput. (Editors note:  My experience is that Gigabit Ethernet is the single biggest improvement of speed with MAS90 in version 4.x.  The application sizes have grown 400% since version 3.71 and all applications are pulled over the network when you launch them.  100mbs sounds fast, but its ‘megabits’ not ‘megabytes’ .  Remember it takes 8bits to make a byte so this speed, with additional network collisions and overhead isn’t even enough to watch a single high definition video)
  • If you are running MAS 90 and experience intermittent hanging of the application, make sure all the printers in the windows printer manager are valid printers. If a printer has been removed from the network but not removed from the Windows printer manager, you may see intermittent hanging as MAS 90 attempts to connect to a printer.
  • If you are running MAS 200 and Crystal Reports are slow to print, consider trying the Crystal client/server ODBC driver.

Network Configuration

  • Terminal Services – using terminal services for your MAS 90 can tremendously improve your overall application performance. The is especially true if the client workstations are not up to the latest performance specs or the system network bandwidth is not adequate. (Editors Note:  Obviously if Terminal Services works well, so will Citrix. )
  • Avoid Peer-to-Peer network configurations – network performance in these types of networks is not adequate for MAS 90/200.

Though there are thousands of online resources to help you tune your Windows PC performance, here are a few that provide the biggest “bang for the buck:”

General Windows XP performance issues

  • General performance – remove all unused applications. Go to “control panel” –> “add/remove programs” and uninstall everything you don’t use. You will be surprised how many applications you really don’t need or use. If you are not sure what the program is, don’t remove it. And don’t remove anything labeled as a “Hotfix” or “patch.”
  • Disk Drive performance – clean up your hard drives. Go to My Computer and right-click “local disk” and select properties. On the “general” tab, select “Disk Cleanup.” The utility will analyze your hard drive and recommend areas to be cleaned. Select the file types that can be removed and select “ok” and the utility will clean things up.
  • Graphics performance – make sure you have the latest video driver for your graphics card. Most graphic card manufacturers have support sites that allow you to download the latest driver for free. If you are not sure how to do this, talk to your system administrator.

As the Windows operating system gets more sophisticated, the demand on PC hardware also increases. With the economy being so tight, many companies are delaying the purchase of new PC equipment until it is absolutely necessary.  As businesses, we need to manage costs but we also need to manage productivity.  If a salesperson can enter 10% more sales orders per day, the cost of new hardware would pay for itself in a matter of weeks

If you have any questions regarding this please contact our support desk at DSD.  We can definitely assist you.

Jim Woodhead

DSD Business Systems

Jim Woodhead is Vice President of Professional Services of DSD Business Systems, a national provider of on-demand (cloud) and on-premises ERP and CRM software, specializing in wholesale distribution, manufacturing, warehouse management, inventory, business intelligence and eCommerce software. DSD offers Sage 100 (formerly MAS 90), Sage 300 (formerly Accpac), Sage 500 (formerly MAS 500), NetSuite, Sage FAS, Sage HRMS (formerly Abra), Sage CRM, Sage SalesLogix, Extended Solutions, and Custom Programming.
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